This is a collaborative post by Ellie Jo with reasons to limit your alcohol intake.
We all love a good drink now and again, whether it be for a birthday, event, or summer sitting in a beer garden enjoying the warmth. But alcohol isn’t the best for our health and over time it can cause us to put on weight and face other health issues.
If you are preparing for summer and you are looking to stay healthy and happy this year, one of the things you can try is reducing the amount of alcohol you drink every week.
Today we are going to take a look at the numerous health benefits of reducing alcohol intake and what this can do for you.
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Health Benefits of Reducing Alcohol Intake
A Good Night’s Sleep
Sleep is one of the most important processes the body can go through, and many of us simply don’t get enough sleep every day. It is important for us to get a good night’s sleep to allow the body to perform essential repairs and allows the brain to rest, but a lot of the time alcohol will hinder this process. As a result, you may find yourself feeling tired and groggy in the morning. Less alcohol will mean undisturbed sleep and a happier life.
Alcohol is what’s known as a diuretic and this means it dehydrates the cells of your body when you drink it. Less moisture in the skin cells means that you may struggle to maintain glowing and healthy skin. By allowing the skin to stay hydrated at all times you will, in turn, allow your skin to look and feel much younger and brighter.
The first common benefit of drinking less alcohol is losing weight. The main issue with alcohol is that it is full of sugar, and as well as being full of sugar it has a lot of empty calories. If you are looking to shed a few pounds, cutting down on the amount you drink will actually make a massive difference and it can be hugely beneficial to your metabolism.
You’ll Feel Happier
One of the big things that alcohol can do to your brain brings down your spirit and make you feel tired and sad. This is because alcohol is a depressant and it will interrupt the processes in the brain that release happy hormones. By drinking less you will be much happier and this will make a massive difference to your day.
Less Risk of Cancer
Cancer is a scary word, and there are so many of us that suffer from this illness in our lives or know someone who does. To lower your risk of getting cancer you need to lower something called mutagens in the body, and to do this you need to control your environment and make healthy choices. One of those choices is to drink less.
A White Smile
Alcohol can do a lot of things to the body and one of those things is causing the teeth to become sore and achy, and for gums to become infected. If you often struggle with ulcers and other oral health issues it could be something to do with the alcohol you consume. Make sure to be careful when drinking alcohol and reduce the amount to negate these issues as much as you can.
Reasons to Reduce Alcohol Consumption
Lower Risk of Cancer
Rachel is an Austin blogger, educator, mom, wife, young breast cancer survivor writing about health, saving money, and living a happy life in Austin, Texas.
Rachel has written for HuffPost and Hometalk and has been featured on KXAN, Studio 512, Fox 7 Austin, and CBS Austin.